“18 Fingers Of Death” Spoofs Martial Arts Movies And Stars

September 15, 2016 — 18 Fingers of Death is a satire of all of the martial arts movies that the director, James Lew, has spent his life inhabiting.

Lew has acted in and done the stunts for more than 80 films over the course of his career, and has performed as a stunt double in many more. He has more credits than most A-list stars, yet many people, including those who go to martial arts movies, may not recognize him or know his name.

He uses this as the material for his “mockumentary,” 18 Fingers of Death. As the main character, Buford Lee, he is a martial arts master who has been appearing in multitudes of  films, until his most recent, the titular 18 Fingers of Death (the 17th sequel to the original, which was entitled 1 Finger of Death) loses all of its funding. He is forced to try to raise the money independently, even going so far as to panhandle for funds.

Meanwhile, high school filmmaker (and Buford Lee fan) Ronald Mack decides to follow Lee around to document his real life.

Characters in this spoof include mock-ups of martial arts legends, including Jackie Chan, Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris, and lots of comic fight scenes.

Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Lorenzo Lamas (Falcon Crest), Lisa Arturo (American Pie 2) and the legendary Pat Morita (Karate Kid) co-star in this send-up.

18 Fingers of Death is available is DVD or Blu-ray, or you can stream it immediately on Amazon Video.
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